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  • How do i go about adopting a baby from a friend that does not want it and has offered to me no questions asked?

    My friend is currently 12 weeks and has decided she cannot handle other child and knows that i have had difficult time trying to conceive and has offer me the chance to adopt. She does not currently want any medical coverage during her pregnancy. ...

    Robert’s Answer

    There is so much involved in a private adoption (even between friends) that I could not begin to describe it all in a response here. I would suggest that you consult with an experienced adoption attorney in the relatively near future. I do not handle private adoptions (only intra-family/step-parent adoptions), so I can not really give you an idea of the cost. However, many adoption attorneys will provide a free consultation and will give you an estimate of the cost at that consultation after hearing the specific facts of your case.

    I wish you the best of luck.

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  • What can I do??

    My daughter came to me today and said dad video tape her and made her lie said if she lied about things he would gave her ice cream. We have a final hearing in 2 months

    Robert’s Answer

    I agree with Mr. McGinn. I need to know more in order to provide an appropriate answer.

    You should set up a consultation with an attorney to discuss your options. It is definitely a bad idea to head into trial without an attorney.

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  • My sole custody divorce

    I am in Florida and about one year ago my two young daughters accused there father of sexual violence to them. I put two injunctions for sexual violence on him which he repeatedly violated and plead guilty to. I have started my divorce papers and...

    Robert’s Answer

    Your chances of getting sole custody of your daughters would be pretty high. However, due to the importance of the custody issue, I would suggest that you hire counsel in your area to handle the case.

    I wish you the best of luck.

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  • Can I request a county venue change

    If both non custodial and custodial parent move to pasco county, but court started in hillsborough county can the non custodial parent request venue change? Child lives with parent goes to school in pasco county all activities are in pasco county.

    Robert’s Answer

    Yes, a motion for change of venue may be filed by either party. The Judge will have discretion to grant or deny the motion, so you should be sure that the facts of your case support a transfer. Also, you should note that the moving party has to pay the transfer fees (same amount as the original petition in the case).

    It is always best to consult with an attorney regarding child custody matters.

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  • I have a son he was staying with his mom she kick out he is in foster home now I have court why is when he was with her

    Why would I need to to be at court when he was staying with his mom now he is in foster care due to her kicking him out he had got arrested I have no room to take him in

    Robert’s Answer

    I'm not entirely sure what question you're asking.

    You should seek a free consultation relating to your parental rights as soon as possible.

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  • My son's father whom I was never married to had me served

    My son's father whom I was never married to had me served with a proposed parent plan today. I am married now and we will be moving to Georgia for my husband's job. My son's father is trying to prevent us from being able to. No visitation plan eve...

    Robert’s Answer

    It is likely that you will have a relocation case on your hands and will need to abide by the Florida Statutes regarding relocation in order to take your child with you to Georgia. However, I would need many more details to determine whether that is the case and to otherwise answer this question appropriately. For instance, has paternity been established as to the child's father? How long have you been married? How old is the child? What has the Father's typical time-sharing been with your child? If child support has been ordered, is he current?

    In any event, you should consult with a family law attorney to discuss this matter and your potential options.

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  • Do I need to hire a lawyer in Boston where my daughter is currently living, Georgia where she was born or Florida where I live?

    I have a six year old daughter who was in the custody of her mother in Atlanta Georgia. This was roughly three years ago. I had been in trouble when I was younger so she had full custody of our daughter. I have since changed my lifestyle and have ...

    Robert’s Answer

    The short answer is, it depends. If there are no prior orders regarding custody and your daughter has been in Massachusetts for over six months, then it is likely that you will have to hire an attorney there. If there as a prior custody order out of Georgia, then you might have to deal with the Georgia courts. This is a relatively nuanced area of the law, and I would suggest that you act quickly to consult with a family law attorney who can point you in the right direction based upon the specific facts of your case.

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  • Dissolution of marriage with child from a different father (not husband)

    Can I use the simplified divorce form when a child was born during the marriage, but with a different father. My husband and I are separated for over 2 years, in the meantime I gave birth to a child. My legal husband recognizes that the child is n...

    Robert’s Answer

    I agree with Mr. Miller. You should make sure to address the issue in this case so that there is no legal confusion later. Consult with an attorney.

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  • Wife ignores 3 kids needs, out late and sleeping all the time. Besides keeping notes, what else can I do to get custody?

    My wife and I have split up but live in the same house. She's constantly ignoring the 3 children we have. She stays out late at bars on week nights and is gone weekends. I've been keeping notes on this behavior. She comes home after work at 5:00pm...

    Robert’s Answer

    You're certainly right to document this behavior. You should consult with an attorney regarding the divorce and how the custody/time-sharing issues will be sorted out. The "custody" determination that the court makes will be based on the children's best interests and is based on a number of factors (See Florida Statute 61.13(3) and all of its subsections to get an idea of what the Court will consider in your divorce.

    Any other considerations will be fact specific and unique to your family. Again, you should consult with an attorney on this issue as soon as possible. Most offer free consultations.

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  • What is my best course of action?

    I have been divorced since 2008 paying a substantial amount in Alimony as per a MSA that was agreed to at the time of the divorce. The MSA stipulates that Alimony ends when I retire. And is modifiable if my salary drops beneath a certain threshold...

    Robert’s Answer

    You bring your MSA and Final Judgment to a consultation with a family law attorney. The fact that you were laid off is certainly significant and might justify a modification of the alimony amount. However, it is unlikely that voluntary retirement at age 55 would be a reason for termination of alimony.

    Alimony modifications are fact specific, so, again, your best course of action at this point is to consult with an experienced divorce attorney regarding your case.

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